Christian Participation in Politics (Part 3) Daniel Osato Edegbe Uddo




Politics is a dirty game, truly it is a dirty game but who is ever going to clean it up. Light was not created to run from darkness but to put an end to darkness (Matthew 5:14-16, John 1:5). Christians don’t want to participate in politics because they see it as corrupt, unholy and not beneficial and this has given men with bad intention the power to decide the fate of all of us. Many Christians neglect all levels of political participation because they feel it is not our business, but we fail to understand that the decision of the elected affect us all. Imagine a true believer being the President, but that cannot happen if believers don’t come out to vote I have heard Christian bodies say “ this is the government of the world and very soon it will be destroyed by God” so they can’t be involved in it , but the truth is that we all are affected by it. We have to be responsible enough to get involved and be concerned with what affects us. I will like us to see Four (4) levels of political participation before we conclude this discussion 


1. The apolitical stratum is constituted by those citizens who are neither concerned nor informed about politics. They are not active in the political process. They are apathetic towards politics and relatively inactive. 

2. The Political stratum consists of the people who are concerned and informed about politics, and are active in public affairs. It consists of the people who actively and freely participate in the political process. The persons who belong to the political stratum accept that politics is a high rewarding activity and that they have to play a role in the decision-making and policy-formulation process. They are confident of their roles in politics and are fully oriented towards politics. 



3. The power-seekers are those persons who are eager to gain more and more influence over the policies, rules and decisions enforced by the government. They have political resources, which they are prepared to use for securing power. They try to get power either for promoting collective good or for achieving the goals of self-interest or even both. They try to seek power for acquiring fame, reverences, security, respect, affection, wealth and many other values. The power-seeker believes that with power he can become more important, loved, respected and admired. Power-seeker is a person who : (a) places a high value on gaining power; (b) demands power for the self; (c) has relatively high confidence that he can gain power; and (d) acquires at least a minimum proficiency in the skills of power. 


4. In the political stratum, those power-seekers who are in a position to gain and wield more power than others are referred to as the powerful. By a judicious use of their resources some people are in a position to gain and exercise power over others and they are the powerful. Though all powerful are not equally involved in the exercise of power in society yet their potential to do so makes it essential to refer to them as the powerful. Their participation in politics is high, active and continuous. It is obvious that most of the southern population in Nigeria fall under the first level. If we consider men like Daniel, Joseph, Esther, we will see how they were able to use political for the good of God’s people. It is not about having the PVC like we have been told, now who are you using it for? The non-believers of course! Because believers see politics as something too corrupt for their participation. 


Nigeria is not and can never be corrupt and ungodly as the Egypt Joseph took over, that same Egypt Moses was raised up. Now that you have your PVC, who are you using it for? Conclusion Values will not be properly shared until a righteous leader is in power, and a righteous leader can never be in power if righteous people don’t participate in decision making. We need to see the need for us to make the government right and clean and this can only work when we get involved in what concerns us.
 Daniel Osato Edegbe Uddo - Talking Christianity

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  1. Should Christians participate in politics? Yes!

    The question has been a very diasy and controversial issue within the Christian circles.
    What evil, wickedness, suffering and injustice we are experiencing today in our country is as a result of lack of the involvement of people who have the fear of God in governance.

    These people who don't have the fear of God have so perpetuated themselves in power that it will take so many years to unseat them and make way for god-fearing people. However, it's never too late to start now to guide and sponsor Christian to register enmass into political parties.

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  2. I dont think the political situations in this country is as a result of Christians not being power, I believe is a thing of understanding. I mean what do you understand politic to be, it is a thing or tool to help alleviate poor among the people or a tool to amass wealth for selfish aggrandizement? There are many countries in the world that their citizens are not Christians but they have good governance to the credit of their politicians. I think we should urge and pray for good people to be in power not just Christians . I so submit!

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